CESM Working Groups

The CESM Working Groups are relatively small teams of scientists that work on individual component models or specific coupling strategies. Each team takes responsibility for developing and continually improving its component of the CESM consistent with the CESM goal of a fully-coupled model and with the CESM design criteria. Each team will decide their own development priorities and work schedules, consistent with the overall goals of CESM, and subject to oversight by the CESM Scientific Steering Committee (SSC).

Working Group Liaison Information

Atmosphere Model Cecile Hannay The Community Atmosphere Model (CAM) is the atmosphere model component of the CESM. Information about running CAM as the atmospheric component of the CESM is found in the CESM1.0 release.
Biogeochemistry Keith Lindsay This working group was started at the 3rd Annual CSM Workshop, June 1998, in Breckenridge Colorado.
Chemistry Climate Simone Tilmes The goal of the Chemistry-Climate WG is to continue the development of the representation of chemical gas and aerosol species in the CESM and to further our understanding of the interactions between chemistry/aerosol and climate.
Climate Variability & Change Adam Phillips, Gary Strand The CESM Climate Variability and Change Working Group (CVCWG) was created by merging the Climate Change and Climate Variability Working Groups. CVCWG coordinates climate change and climate variability simulations of the CESM and its component models that
Land Ice Jeremy Fyke The primary objectives of the Land Ice Working Group (LIWG) are (1) to couple a well validated, fully dynamical ice sheet model to the CESM, and (2) to determine the likely range of decade-to-century-scale sea-level rise associated with the loss of land i
Land Model Keith Oleson The Community Land Model (CLM) is the land model component of the CESM. Information on the latest version of CLM, including technical descriptions, user guides, and download instructions can be found on the CLM web page.
Ocean Model None at this time Support of specific science objectives of the CESM and maintaining a state-of-the-art ocean component for the CESM as well as conducting related, but curiosity-driven, research leading to new contributions to the CESM community are the primary goals of th
Paleoclimate None at this time The Paleoclimate Working Group (PWG) is a consortium of scientists interested in modeling and understanding past Earth climates, allowing a long-term perspective on Earth-system feedbacks.
Polar Climate David Bailey The Polar Climate Working Group (PCWG) is a consortium of scientists who are interested in modeling and understanding the climate in the Arctic and the Antarctic, and how polar climate processes interact with and influence climate at lower latitudes.
Societal Dimensions None at this time The Societal Dimensions Working Group (SDWG) enhances CESM and its application to improve understanding of the interactions between human and earth systems.
Software Engineering Working Group Alice Bertini The Software Engineering Working Group (SEWG) was formed to examine software engineering issues related to creating and executing CESM model codes, and to recommend and help coordinate software engineering practices that will help the CESM project to achi
Whole Atmosphere Michael Mills The Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (WACCM) is a comprehensive numerical model, spanning the range of altitude from the Earth's surface to the thermosphere.